New drop-in clinic set up in Harborough

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A new group has been set up by a group of mums in Market Harborough to provide the town’s first drop-in weighing clinic for babies.

Stay, Play and Weigh is being run at The Lounge of Market Harborough Congregational Church’s hall in Bowden Laneon from 9.30am to midday on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

It is for tots aged up to one- year-old. Babies are weighed using professional scales while parents can meet over a hot drink and biscuits.

The lack of such a facility in the town prompted Holly Buzzard, a mum of three young boys including six-month-old Joshua, to start the group.

Holly said: “Being able to get your baby weighed regularly is really important to parents, so I took the decision to start the group with the support of other local mums.

“Our intention is not to replace the vital role of health professionals but instead to provide a service for local parents.

“Knowing your baby’s weight not only provides a parent with the reassurance they are doing a good job with feeding, but it means they can make informed decisions on car seats, slings and other equipment, as all of these products require your child to be of a certain weight before they can be used safely.”

Siblings are welcome and the entrance fee is £2 to cover running costs.

Holly added: “We wanted to create a group where mums and dads could get to know each other, share stories and find the social support they may need – something we hope many parents will benefit from.”

For more details, email stayplayweigh@hotmail.com, call 07795 108 289 or search for ‘stayplayweigh’ on Facebook.